Fermo is a medieval town in the southern part of Le Marche. Situated on top of a hill with a view of the surrounding villages, Fermo is possibly the richest of all Le Marche towns I have seen. Culturally speaking. Fermo has the most beautiful and linear piazza in all of Marche. The town is dotted with lovely boutiques and cafes, a gigantic town hall and a rich historic library.
Practically devoid of tourists, Fermo was hit by an earthquake in August 2016 that left most of its treasures in ruins. The thought of it is heartbreaking and it was even sadder to see the state of things myself.
However, Fermo has a very rich line of cultural sites.
The Biblioteca Civica Romolo Spezioli (closed due to the earthquake) is a popular public library with a Globe Room and manuscripts, documents and designs from the 17th century. The Biblioteca is known to be a treasure of the town that many people mentioned. There is also a modern library adjacent to it with computerized catalogues.
Another important cultural site is the Palazzo dei Priori from the 13th century. The Palazzo was also closed due to restoration as was the Civic Art gallery.
The other cultural site in the town that is well worth a visit is the historic Teatro dell’Aquila. The theatre was constructed in the 18th century and is known to be most important of all in Le Marche. A local helped us to get inside even though there was an International Violin Competition going on. Thanks to her I could see the beauty of Fermo!!
Hope you enjoyed a walk in the town with me. Thanks to the Mayor of Fermo for making my short stay in the town so rich and inspiring. Not only was he kind enough to gift me a picture of the Biblioteca Comunale but also helped me get around easily.
How to Reach Fermo:
Fermo can be reached from the Ancona airport by a car. It is easily accessible from the Porto San Giorgio railway station and there are buses every 30 minutes to the centre of Fermo.
Ishita is an Indian Blogger who is in love with all things Italian. Every year, Ishita seek’s new experiences and destinations in Italy; from the southernmost tip of Sicilia to the Northern most parts of Piemonte.
Ishita works and lives in Delhi.